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and retired. captioning funded by cbs >>> welcome to "cbs this morning." crisis in syria may be deepening, but there are also signs of a potential breakthrough. sources tell cbs news the united states has detected signs that syria's government is preparing chemical weapons for possible use. >> secretary of state clinton is holding an unscheduled meeting in ireland with the special envoy to syria. it is a sign that russia may be switching sides to put pressure on syria to stop the fighting. margaret brennan is in dublin covering those talks. good morning, margaret. do you think this is a sign of a diplomatic breakthrough? >> reporter: norah, it's a sign of a possible diplomatic breakthrough. u.n. envoy to syria is flying here to dublin for this last-minute meeting with secretary of state hillary clinton and the russian foreign minister. it may signal that russia is finally willing to take u.n. action to send a message to bashar al assad to stop the killing. russia one of syria's few remaining allies and so far have agreed to any interactions to stop the killing of t
is released. >>> there's been an escalation of the civil war in syria. the united states and nato officials say syrian forces for the first time used scud ballistic missiles against rebel forces. incendiary bombs were also deployed by the troops. they say as they become more desperate, they're using more vicious weapons. it's estimated more than half a dozen scuds were fired in northern syria. meanwhile rebel troops continue to advance on the capital damascus. >>> oregon police have identified a gunman who shot up a portland area malibu don't have a motive. they say jacob roberts apparently had no specific attack when he began tuesday afternoon. >> reporter: 10,000 people were in the mall when the shooting began. the rush of christmas shopping became a rush to survive. bob schwab was walking nearby. >> reporter: what did you hear? >> i heard bang, bang, bang, bang. >> reporter: steven for sight who ran a business died at the food court. 15-year-old christina was seriously wounded. >> what she had to do to get out of the situation, it's clear to me she's a very brave young woman. >> reporter
. >> one of the big challenges for the next secretary of state will be syria and our own mccormick spoke with secretary panetta and learned he is sending two missile batteries to turkey including 400 members of the u.s. military to help. does that signal a greater u.s. military involvement? >> what it signals is turkey is a member of nato. i have just come from turturkey. it has very serious issues with the number of refugees coming in. as a nato member we are really have to and want to and are committed to defending turkey so i think it is a 98nato issue and shows a sign we do not want the problems in syria to spread outside the borders. >> if in fact they begin to move chemical weapons, what should the united states and turkey and other country do so? >> people are very concerned about the use of the chemical weapons and also lack of control over them. and i think that there again, there will be -- president obama has made very clear that that is a line. and i think that there probably will be nato looking at it in a variety of -- >> looking at it meaning? >> more d
opportunity in new york city and chicago. >>> britain's "guardian" reports syria's military police chief defected from the army and declared his support for the rebels. he was shown making a statement on arab tv saying he's joining the people's revolution. he also claimed syria's army has committed massacres against the unarmed population. >>> also "the independent" the comet of the century is due to pass earth next year it could be the brightest comet seen in generations, even brighter than the full moon. >> even >>> all right. and we got police have plenty of clouds in the bay area. they are looming but it is dry outside. you can put away the umbrellas for at least one day. it's going to be chilly grab a jacket 46 in oakland, 48 in san francisco, and only 40 degrees in napa. 39 in fairfield. by this afternoon, low to mid- 50s and then chance of rain friday and saturday. >> announcer: this national weather report sponsored by mcdonald's. i'm lovin' it. i'm lovin' it. >>> a newspaper ousts >> a newspaper out, thousands of handgun owners. people are questioning.
? >> well what doesn't he is probably a good answer. syria is a volatile situation. the president knows that the situation with iran and nuclear weapons is intense. all that and much much more. >> all right major garrett, thank you. >>> meanwhile, the fiscal cliff negotiations here in washington are going nowhere and congress is headed home for christmas. house speaker john boehner had to cancel a vote on his plan "b" when he couldn't find enough republican support. nancy cordes is on capitol hill. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. it was a risky strategy from the beginning, designed to give speaker boehner more leverage in his negotiations with the president. but it backfired when too many of his own republicans balked at a bill to keep the bush era tax rates in place for anyone making under $1 million. the speaker held a press conference a short time ago to explain what went wrong. >> there was a perception created that that vote last night was going to increase taxes. now, i disagree with that characterization of the bill. that impression was out there. and
the slaughter in syria. earlier he talked about the need for god in a technology-driven world. and crowds packed manger square in bethlehem. >>> authorities in western new york still don't know why an ex-con set fire to his house and then shot firefighters as they arrived two died in the ambush and two others were wounded. jim axelrod reports. >> reporter: as the four firemen arrived to fight the fire, they were met with gunshots. >> we are being shot at. multiple firemen shot. i am shot. >> reporter: two of the men died instantly. two were wounded. >> be advised i'm snuck the lower leg, the knee area and the lower left back. >> reporter: the gunshots prevented the first responders from putting out the fire. seven homes were consumed by the flames. >> it is still an active investigation, but at first blush it appears that it was a trap. >> reporter: the webster police chief said that william spengler likely set the fire intentionally and waited to ambush the first responders. spengler spent 17 years in prison for beating his grandmother to death with a hammer in 1980. w
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